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A new book of SCE questions for geriatric medicine. But why? Another one?
Dr Duncan Forsyth’s co-authored book is one of the best specialty certificate examination (SCE) geriatrics books on the market. In fact, it is one of the only SCE geriatrics books on the market.
A summary of the BGS Scotland Spring Meeting 2021
The leadership and enthusiasm of the BGS Scottish Council, along with the support of the BGS conference team, ensured that the BGS Scottish Spring Meeting was back on the calendar for 2021.
Chair of the Trainees Council: Expressions of interest now open!
Would I recommend the role? 100% yes! It really has been a brilliant opportunity! I have felt warmly invited into the BGS family and have also loved getting to know the other trainee officers in the other roles on the council.
Care home visits during the pandemic - a look into the past and a view into the future
Although we’ve been in the grip of the pandemic for a little over a year now, in reality it feels more like a decade, with new restrictions, new lockdowns, and fortunately - thanks to vaccines and increased testing -, finally some new emerging hope that we may soon regain a semblance of normality.
“We heal, not in isolation, but in togetherness” – a role for the Care Home Care Coordinator?
Resy Manalo, Lalaine Lopez Pesario, Gilbert Barnedo, Elsie Sazuze, Suzanne Loverseed and Karen Hutton are some of the care home workers who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
A Poet’s-Eye-View of Illness, Recovery and Rehabilitation
So runs the refrain in ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen, a classic so many of us have enjoyed with our children.
Greening the NHS: Where do I Start?
There’s a wave of excitement sweeping through my Zooms. More and more of us in the NHS are hungry for advice about how to reduce our carbon footprint, but many of us just don’t know where to start.
Depression in older adults: no quick fix
Hospitalised older adults frequently present as depressed on our wards, but research suggests that healthcare staff often struggle to identify depression, let alone provide suitable care and support.
#Geribookclub’s Third Meeting: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
On January 12th our online book club gathered once again from the comfort of their own sofas to discuss Richard Osman’s first novel and recent bestseller, The Thursday Murder Club.
The Nurse and Allied Health Professional Council Lunchtime Conference Event
Lucy Lewis, Chair of the Council, opened the conference’s online lunchtime session with a welcome to all. This is the second year the NAHP Council committee has brought together the wider Council membership at the BGS Autumn Meeting 2020 to meet the Committee representing them and to provide an opportunity to listen and engage and to hear what is important to them.
Communicating through the mask
Effective communication lies at the heart of all good healthcare. It is particularly important in the care of older people, because of the complexity of common exchanges.
The condiments of care
When I commenced my Clinical Lead role at the Royal British Legion in January of this year, one of the first challenges presented to me by my team was to sample a ‘puréed meal’ in one of our care homes.
The Sandwich Generation
I can’t believe that I hadn’t heard of the Sandwich Generation until I became a slice of meat squashed between two slices of bread. It was October 2019: my mother-in-law had sustained a large frontal lobe haemorrhage and my father-in-law was already living with Parkinson’s disease.
Rehabilitation: there’s never been a more important time
In the collaborative spirit of multidisciplinary rehabilitation, we crowdsourced the design of a new textbook!
“They don’t know the whole picture”: Improving cancer care for people with dementia and their families
One in two people in the UK will develop cancer in their lifetime, and as cancer incidence rises with age, a significant number of cancer patients will have pre-existing dementia.
Take a breath: a personal view on care home visiting
I have been a nurse since 1986, mainly working in end of life or dementia care. I have had a variety of roles in the hospital, care home, community and hospice settings. I have been a family carer (alongside my brother and sister) since 2002.
Reflections on the first-ever virtual BGS Autumn Meeting
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought lots of changes, and we have come to accept many of these as our new normal. The BGS had to cancel the Spring Meeting 2020 as face-to-face meetings were understandably not possible due to the pandemic.
New resource to enhance management of Care Home Residents in Acute and Emergency Care Settings
During the pandemic, it has been my great privilege to contribute to the Scottish Government’s Clinical and Professional Advisory Group on Care Homes (CPAG).
How do we help older people with COVID-19 recover?
COVID-19 has proven to be particularly harmful to older people, who are more likely to experience severe symptoms, and be hospitalised as a consequence. COVID-19 affects multiple organ systems, has been shown to affect physical function, and is associated with prevalent delirium. There is emerging evidence that older people affected with COVID-19 may experience significant disability after the acute phase of their illness has passed.